2 years after the closure of its location in North Acton, The Heart of Gaming finally re-opens today! The Heart of Gaming closed down because of a robbery in 2015. After two crowdfing campaigns, co-founder Mark Starkey, starts a new venture at a new venue: the Whitgift Centre in Croydon (a town located in the southern suburb of London). The Heart of Gaming's purpose is to bring back old arcade and console games to cater all types of gaming communities. They provide games from 1978 to 2017. They also host parties and events such as high score challenges, quizzes,... You can find dedicated arcade games such as The House of the Dead, Time Crisis II, Crisis Zone, Daytona USA, Gunblade NY,... and many games in generic cabinet such as Street Fighter, Ikaruga, Azumanga-Daioh Puzzle Bobble,... The new Heart of Gaming also includes a shop and a small café run in association with Playnation Games (a game store in Croydon).
Sega releases the latest game in its mahjong series today: Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ Arcade. The game is released in collaboration with the Japan Pro Mahjong Association as usual but there is new collaborations with the Major General Association and the RMU. The blue theme from the previous game is replaced by a green theme. New features are implemented as the SUPER pro league and gacha mode where players can get items such as special avatars. Various gacha will be available for a limited time. Play data of the current version MJ5R can be taken over to MJ Arcade.
Square Enix released a new Gunslinger Stratos today: Gunslinger Stratos Σ. In this version upgrade, four character types are added to clarify the role of each character. So the game is easier for existing players but also for new players. Weapon pack is renewed: 6 new weapon packs are implemented for each character. There are also several changes likes the respawn and awake systems. You can watch Gunslinger Stratos Σ trailer here.
At the opening of their arcade in Rotterdam in October 2016, Gamestate announced that they would open a third arcade in Utrecht in 2017. Yesterday was the great day with the opening of this new arcade located at Mariaplaats 13 in Utrecht. The concept of the "Family Entertainment" proves once more its effectiveness towards the Dutch public. As in other Gamestate arcades, redemption games are the main attraction with games like Crazy Tower, Crossy Road Arcade, Galaga Assault, World's largest Pac-Man, Candy Crush Saga Arcade, Angry Birds Arcade and Snaky Tickets. Arcade games are also present with the latest titles released in Europe: MotoGP, Batman, Jurassic Park Arcade, Alien Armageddon, Cruis'n Blast, Star Wars Battle Pod, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, The Walking Dead and Time Crisis 5. There are also new pinball tables such as Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters and Batman. You can watch the opening party movie made by Funtime Arena here.
Legend Baseball from Capcom is officially released today. The first place where the game is be playable is the Capcom Circus Niigata (AEON Niigata East Stores). Legend Baseball is a realistic simulator machine featuring a pitching machine. The player stands in front of a big screen where a virtual pitcher throws a ball. A real ball leaves a hole below the screen and the player must hit it. Thanks to sensors, the game analyses his shot (speed, direction,...) and reproduces the move on the screen. The game is divided into "game mode" and "practice mode". In game mode, up to 18 players are divided into 2 teams and play a baseball match with real conditions. In practice mode, they can choose their favourite ball type, speed,... and enjoy batting practice freely. Legend Baseball is playable online and it seems that overseas expansion in the United States and in South Korea is planned in the future.
CIRCLE of SAVIORS is a VR action game developed by PD Foundation/PD Tokyo which was exhibited at TGS 2016. It will start operation at Plaza Capcom Kichijoji (Tokyo) tomorrow. The game principle is simple: the player uses sword, shield and magic to fight attacking enemies during a limited time.
Code of Joker EDGE sort aujoud'hui. Dans cette version upgradée du jeu de cartes de Sega, deux nouveaux personnages et 60 nouvelles cartes sont ajoutés. Les nouveaux personnages sont Chloe Nochez (CV: Rina Sato) dont le Joker est "The High Priestess" et Takeshi Akabane (CV: Yusuke Kobayashi) dont le Joker est "The Devil". Deux nouvelles fonctionnalités sont aussi disponibles: un classement mensuel avec des codename spéciaux pour les joueurs les mieux classés et la fonction Deck Recipe permettant aux joueurs d'utiliser un deck de 40 cartes avec un seul bouton. Vous pouvez regarder le trailer ici.
A new arcade game soundtrack is announced in the Generation Series collection from Brave Wave. The legendary music from Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series is released in a newly recorded and restored version. GS-003 Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 1 and GS-004 Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 2 will be available for pre-order tomorrow at Big Wax vinyl store. Both releases contains 2 LP (orange and red for Vol.1 and blue and yellow for Vol.2) and a booklet. Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 1 contains the complete soundtracks of both the arcade and NES versions of Ninja Gaiden. There are 59 tracks in total, with 31 for the NES edition and 28 for the arcade. Music is composed by Keiji Yamagishi, Mikio Saito and Ryuichi Nitta. Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack Vol. 2 contains the complete soundtracks of Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos and Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Sword of Doom. There are 29 tracks for Ninja Gaiden II and 30 tracks for Ninja Gaiden III. Music of these games is composed by Ryuichi Nitta, Mayuko Okamura, Rika Shigeno and Kaori Nakabai. Brave Wave also sells 100 limited edition box-sets including the 2 soundtracks, a special cover and an A5 post card signed by Keiji Yamagishi, Ryuichi Nitta and Kaori Nakabai and designed by the series illustrator Masato Kato. A non-signed boxset, a digital copy and a CD version can also be pre-ordered. Shipping is scheduled for July 1st.
After more than 3 years of development, the final version of Skycurser is finally available as pre-order! The action of this American horizontal shoot'em up takes place in 1996. The player is Guy Griffin, the last man on Earth not being infected by a plague originating from a star named Necrostar. His grandfather had a vision of things to come and built a special warplane: the Skycurser. It's time to use it to destroy the source of the plague. The plane is equipped with a machine gun, a shotgun and a Katana blade. The second player controls a mecha piloted by Guy's dog. The influence of Doom, Metal Slug and Splatterhouse is undeniable, it's brutal and bloody! The current version of the game includes 4 levels but 2 new levels and new content will be sent for free to buyers in the coming months. Skycurser is available in three different formats: the $700 pro kit including the Airframe system, the game, instructions and a poster, the $1200 deluxe kit including the rest of the decoration to turn any cabinet into Skycurser and finally the full machine featuring a 25" CRT monitor for $3500. The game is scheduled for release on June 6th (the date on which the first orders will be sent out). You will find pictures of all of this on our forum. A few words about the Airframe platform; developed by Griffin Aerotech in parallel with Skycurser, it is a JAMMA-format system running on Linux and accepting updates via Wi-Fi. Skycurser is the first game to be released on this system but other titles are in development including Founding Force (a beat'em all featuring the Founding Fathers of the USA) and Beach Dogs (a frisbee game like Windjammers with dogs).
Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is available on Sega's ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Version 2 today. As previously announced, Arc System Works adds two new characters: Baiken and Answer. Baiken is a samourai whose fighting style is based on guard cancellation and Answer is a ninja-like character using shuriken. This version features many new elements such as a balance adjustment and new techniques for all existing characters, a free tutorial and a new Player's Guild. The tutorial that was already present in the home version is a very interesting feature for beginners who want to try the game for free! The Player's Guild web application is renewed with new functions such as browsing and editing profile data including battles and ranking, purchase additional content with in-game currency, join private groups,...
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